What is Dry needling?
Dry needling is based on modern western medicine which is to treat the myofascial pain. It uses sterile and thin monofilament needles without injection shots or medication penetrating the skin to break down the muscle knots, trigger points, and tender points to relieve the pain as well as to restore proper function to normal.
The needle itself acts to physically disrupt the tension and pressure within the involved tissue. It unlocks the tissue, thereby encouraging tissue to return to a more normal and improved level of function.
A needle’s role on the soft tissues of the body is to heal the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascial tissues.
Benefits of Dry needling
- Wide application throughout the body
- Does not interfere with most patients’ drug regimens or interfere with implanted devices such as pacemakers
- There is no contraindications to the number of sites or frequency of treatment
- Can be safely used with patients, who are very osteoporotic, and have compression fractures
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Elbow, arm, hand pain
- Hip, leg, knee, foot pain
- Sprain, strain or sports injuries
- Sciatic pain
- Many other musculoskeletal conditions
Does the dry needling hurt?
A dry needle is very thin like a hair and it is also bendable compare to injection shot needle. A healthy muscle cannot feel the pain when it penetrates the muscles. Unlike unhealthy muscles may or may not feel the pain. It varies and depends on where and how severe your trigger points or tender points are. Most of the areas are insusceptible.